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The author, an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal, presents a survey of a series of small, undeclared wars pursued by the United States since the clashes with the Barbary States under President Jefferson at the dawn of the 19th century. He summarizes the origins, action, and aftermath of several dozen foreign adventures, from the Philippine War (1899-1902) and the Chinese Boxer Rebellion (1900) to the tracking of Pancho Villa, U.S. involvement in opposing the Russian revolution, a series of shootups in Central America and the Caribbean, and of course, Vietnam. Although there was plenty of prejudice, nastiness, and atrocities in many of these wars, one comes away mildly surprise at how comparatively well the U.S. military governed conquered nations, at least for a time after the shooting stopped. Whether such incursions were to the ultimate good of their subject nations (and will be in the future) remains a sizable question mark, but Boot's highly readable account is most interesting.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   20th century    -   19th century History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   American--General

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   land soldiers

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia    -   China    -   Philippines The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico    -   Central    -   The Caribbean

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   4 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   politicians Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A significant amount Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   350-400 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   5 ()

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